Pack splits double header with Tigers
May 2, 2011By Donal Ratigan of Whitefield Academy
The Pack Splits a double header with the Commerce Tigers the number 8 ranked team in the state. The deciding game of the playoff series is 5 PM Tuesday in Commerce. Neil Ratigan started off the game with a single, Brian Whitney follows with a single; Harrison Goudiss has a solid single to score Neil, but Brian is cut down at the plate. Nahim Attaf the starting and winning pitcher drives in Harrison when the Tigers shortstop couldn't handle the screaming grounder off Nahim's bat which gave the Pack a 2-0 lead after the 1st. Roc gets a 2 out walk and reaches 3rd when the pitcher throws the ball past the 1st baseman on a pickoff move. Neil drives in Rock to give the Pack a 3-0 lead after 2 innings of work. Harrison hits a home run (his 3rd of the season) to extend the lead to 4-0 after 3 innings. Commerce narrows the lead to 4-3, but the Whitneys respond when Kevin doubles to right center and Brian singles to right driving in his brother for a 5-3 Pack lead. Spencer Garrett and Charles Warren (who played a great game behind the plate framing pitches for Nahim) single then Neil gets his 3rd hit of the night and drives home Spencer for a 6-4 Pack lead after the Tigers score one run in the bottom of the 6th. In the 7th Harrison singles (his 3rd hit of the game) Nahim is hit by a pitch and then Max Kemmether hits his 1st ever varsity home run a 3 run bomb to give the Pack its final margin of victory in game one 9-4. Nahim goes the distance striking out 7 Tigers in the game.
The Pack is on the short end of the nightcap 9-1 but several performances deserve mention. Charles Warren pitched 2 innings of shutout ball followed by 2 solid innings by Cole Enright who only allowed one run to the powerful hitting Tigers. Brian Whitney broke up the shutout with a line drive shot over the right field fence.
The winner of the rubber match gets to advance to the next round of the playoffs, so come out and support the Pack!